The US Department of Education recently shared how it will distribute $56 Million to Minnesota's community and technical colleges as part of the federal CARES ACT.  Half of this money is designed to provide immediate emergency relief to students that have been negatively impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic.

A survey by LeadMN found that Minnesota's community and technical colleges are struggling with the impacts of COVID-19 from mental health challenges, to job losses, to moving all classes online.

Today, LeadMN urged the Minnesota State System office to consider the following issues in their guidance to colleges and universities to ensure that students get the relief that they so desperately need right now.

Emergency Grants

How much each college can expect from the CARES ACT

Colleges Total Allocation Minimum Allocation to
be Awarded for
Emergency Financial Aid
Grants to Students
Alexandria Technical & Community College $807,310 $403,655
Anoka Technical College $1,108,759 $554,380
Anoka-Ramsey Community College $3,580,976 $1,790,488
Central Lakes College-Brainerd $1,658,191 $829,096
Century College $4,996,271 $2,498,136
Dakota County Technical College $1,467,178 $733,589
Fond du Lac Tribal and Community College $744,831 $372,416
Hennepin Technical College $2,654,457 $1,327,229
Hibbing Community College $779,596 $389,798
Inver Hills Community College $1,718,868 $859,434
Itasca Community College $741,976 $370,988
Lake Superior College $1,757,151 $878,576
Mesabi Range College $561,010 $280,505
Minneapolis Community and Technical College $4,640,122 $2,320,061
Minnesota State College Southeast $666,447 $333,224
Minnesota State Community and Technical College $2,832,620 $1,416,310
Minnesota West Community and Technical College $1,072,094 $536,047
Normandale Community College $4,802,575 $2,401,288
North Hennepin Community College $3,021,425 $1,510,713
Northland Community and Technical College $1,355,409 $677,705
Northwest Technical College $192,242 $96,121
Pine Technical & Community College $481,263 $240,632
Rainy River Community College $161,267 $80,634
Ridgewater College $1,950,916 $975,458
Riverland Community College $1,272,243 $636,122
Rochester Community and Technical College $2,629,500 $1,314,750
Saint Paul College $4,580,520 $2,290,260
South Central College $1,873,482 $936,741
St Cloud Technical and Community College $3,055,197 $1,527,599
Vermilion Community College $454,539 $227,270